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Business conversions to employee ownership

One of the key points to consider in any conversion is if the original owner wishes to stay with the business or leave after selling to their employees. Below, we’ve curated case studies from employee ownership transitions from across the nation — both from our work and the work of others. Discover employee-owned businesses in your industry, explore our map by region and gain insight on best practices.

Case studies


Interviews & stories

Prospera: Lupita’s Story

Lupita and her husband arrived in the US as newlyweds with the hope of a better life and dreams of building a home for their young family. Lupita began working at an orange packing facility, but the earnings were not stable and she wasn’t able to support her family. Read full story >>

California Solar: Lars’s Story

This is a blind ballot, so please be completely honest, either way this decision affects us all. Pleases take this home and discuss it with your family. Typed at the top of a simple questionnaire, this is how one weekend in January 2016 began. Read full story >>

Explore by region

Big Timberworks

Bozeman, Montana
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Centerpoint Counseling

Viroqua, Wisconsin
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Island Employee Cooperative

Deer Isle, Stonington, Maine
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New Era Windows

Collective Copies

Northampton, Massachusetts
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Real Pickles

Greenfield, Massachusetts
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Namaste Solar

Boulder, CO with additional regional locations in NY, CA and CO
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Niles Pie

A Slice of New York

San Jose, CA with a 2nd location in Sunnyvale, CA
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Select Machine

Pattycake Bakery

Columbus, OH
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A Yard and a Half Landscaping

Belmont, MA
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New School of Montpelier

Montpelier, VT
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The Cheeseboard Collective

Berkeley, CA
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Oakland, CA
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California Solar

Grass Valley, CA
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